Four Ohio cities rank in top 7 of U.S. bedbug list

Columbus rises to No. 3 in nation in dubous category.
TNS Regional News
Mar 15, 2014

 

Columbus continues to scratch its way higher in rankings of bedbug hot spots.

The city is No. 3 on Orkin’s most recent list, which ranks cities by the number of bedbug treatments the company performed from January to December 2013.

Terminix, which bills itself as the world’s largest pest-control provider, says Columbus had the fourth-highest increase in bedbug activity from January through May last year. The company reported that its bedbug-specific calls in Columbus jumped by 47 percent.

Terminix also listed Columbus among its top ten cities for bedbug calls through July of last year.

“It should be of concern to our public officials,” said Susan Jones, an Ohio State University entomologist and bedbug expert. “It is getting worse as we speak.”

Jones and other members of the Central Ohio Bed Bug Task Force say the absence of public funding for bedbug eradication hampers efforts to fight what has become an epidemic of tenacious, blood-sucking, tough-to-kill insects.

“Cities need to address this issue, because it is a communitywide problem,” she said. “And the state health department needs to provide guidance.”

Of the top seven cities on Orkin’s list, four areas are in Ohio. Cincinnati is No. 5, Cleveland/Akron/Canton is sixth, and Dayton is seventh.

Chicago took the top spot on Orkin’s list this year. The company said the City Council there passed a law in July requiring condominium associations to have a formal management plan for the detection, inspection and treatment of bedbugs.

Los Angeles was No. 2, just ahead of Columbus.

Here is the list released by Orkin ranking the cities by the number of bed bug treatments Orkin performed from January to December 2013, along with any shift in ranking compared to January to December 2012.

   1. Chicago
   2. Los Angeles (+1)
   3. Columbus, Ohio (+3)
   4. Detroit (-2)
   5. Cincinnati
   6. Cleveland/Akron/Canton (+2)
   7. Dayton (+4)
   8. Washington D.C. (-1)
   9. Denver (-5)
  10. Indianapolis (+6)
  11. Richmond/Petersburg, Va. (+1)
  12. Raleigh/Durham/Fayetteville, N.C. (+3)
  13. Dallas/Ft. Worth (-4)
  14. Syracuse, N.Y. (+7)
  15. Atlanta (+14)
  16. Houston (+2)
  17. New York (-7)
  18. Seattle/Tacoma (-5)
  19. San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose (-5)
  20. Boston (+2)
  21. Milwaukee (-2)
  22. Miami/Ft. Lauderdale (+3)
  23. Nashville (+17)
  24. Pittsburgh (+12)
  25. Charlotte (+18)
  26. San Diego (+6)
  27. Baltimore (-7)
  28. Phoenix (+7)
  29. Cedar Rapids/Waterloo, Iowa (+4)
  30. Charleston/Huntington, W. Va. (+1)
  31. Knoxville, Tenn. (-4)
  32. Louisville, Ky. (-2)
  33. Grand Rapids/Kalamazoo, Mich. (+5)
  34. Hartford/New Haven, Conn. (-8)
  35. Champaign/Springfield, Ill. (+13)
  36. Greenville/Spartanburg/Asheville, S.C. (+11)
  37. Omaha, Neb. (-20)
  38. Buffalo, N.Y. (-10)
  39. Lincoln/Hastings/Kearney, Neb. (+2)
  40. Lexington, Ky. (-16)
  41. Sacramento/Stockton/Modesto, Calif. (+4)
  42. Colorado Springs/Pueblo, Colo. (-19)
  43. Albany/Schenectady/Troy, N.Y. (-1)
  44. Minneapolis/St. Paul (-10)
  45. Honolulu (-8)
  46. Toledo, Ohio
  47. Peoria/Bloomington, Ill.
  48. Davenport, Iowa/Moline, Ill.
  49. New Orleans
  50. Kansas City

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By Rita Price - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)

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jack langhals

Wow we made the top ten in something !